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No. 39, July 4, 2018

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IN REGULATIONS

EPA Announces Public Hearing on Proposed 2019 RVOs

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As you may have seen last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2019. Following from that announcement, the EPA will hold a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, Mich. on July 18, 2018 for the proposed rule "Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020,” commonly referred to as the 2019 proposed RVO hearing. Growth Energy will be testifying at the hearing, and we encourage Growth Energy members to testify as well. If you are interested in testifying and would like more details, please do not hesitate to contact Growth Energy’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chris Bliley. If you missed Growth Energy’s statement on the 2019 proposed RVOs, you can find it here.

In the meantime, the Growth Energy team is preparing an RVO Comment action center to generate RVO comments from industry stakeholders. Many of you are likely familiar with similar efforts from years-past. The purpose of the action center is gather as many comments as possible, and make it quick and simple for anyone to submit a comment. Once the EPA docket is live, we will distribute the action center resource to all Growth Energy members. We ask that you utilize the action center and distribute it through your personal and professional networks to recruit others to the advocacy effort.

For more details, contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

WORKING FOR YOU

ON THE HILL

Farm Bill Passes on the Senate Floor

IN REGULATIONS 

EPA Releases Triennial Report

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy Participates in South Korean Trade Mission

AT THE PUMP

Which Growth Energy Retail Partner has the Coolest Logo?

IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol Salutes Veterans

AT THE PLANTS

Reminder: All-Member Call 
Member of the Week: Golden Grain Energy 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coke Zero Sugar 400 

July 7

Daytona Beach, FL

Corn Congress

July 16 - 19

Washington, D.C.


 

 ON THE HILL

Farm Bill Passes on Senate Floor

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Last Thursday, the Senate easily passed its Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support at a vote of 86-11. This came a week after the House passed its bipartisan bill by a much narrower margin of just two votes. The passage of the Senate bill opens up the opportunity for a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills. Growth Energy will continue to monitor the progress of the bill throughout the reconciliation process, and will work closely with our Congressional champions to engage the committee should any items relevant to biofuels come up during the discussions. As it stands, there are no anti-ethanol provisions in the bill.

For more details, contact Vice President of Government Affairs John Fuher.

 

 

IN REGULATIONS 

EPA Releases Triennial Report

Last Friday, EPA released its report on biofuels and the environment in its so-called “Second Triennial Report." The report is flawed in a number of ways and makes a variety of unfounded claims about the negative impacts of biofuels on the environment. Most notably, the report itself admits that it does NOT compare the production and use of biofuels to the status quo use of gasoline from crude oil or any other transportation fuels. Growth Energy issued an initial response which you may have seen in the media. We are currently pursuing other options to refute the ridiculous claims made in this study. Click Here to View the Study

For more details, contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

 

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy Participates in South Korean Trade Mission 

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Growth Energy joined other biofuel leaders in South Korea last week to promote the benefits of ethanol. At the request of the Office of Agricultural Affairs (FAS) in Seoul, The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Korea Biofuel Forum held a technical workshop to discuss the positive impact ethanol can have on greenhouse gas emissions and public health. The group also discussed the role policy and trade can play in developing the industry in South Korea. The event was well attended by the research community, governmental officials, and other key stakeholders.

South Korea currently has a pilot E3 program in place designed to test 3 percent ethanol blends with consumers, and we look forward to continuing to work with the USGC on developing the South Korean market for biofuels. 

For more details, contact Senior Vice President of Global Market Craig Willis.

 

AT THE PUMP

Market Development Has a Question for You:

Which retail partner has the coolest company logo? Click to vote:

 
 

Last week we asked you a quiz question: "If RVP relief is granted, how much additional ethanol will E15 generate annually within the first five years?"  The choices were: 

  • More than 1 billion new gallons of ethanol demand will be created after RVP relief (40 of respondents) 
  • More than 500 million but less than 1 billion new gallons (40 percent of respondents)
  • More than 300 million but less than 500 million new gallons (13 percent of respondents) 
  • About 300 million new gallons (7 percent of respondents) 

 

The correct answer is: More than 1 billion new gallons of ethanol demand will be created after RVP relief. Congrats to the respondents who had the correct answer! 

For more details, contact Vice President of Market Development Mike O'Brien.

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IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol Salutes Veterans 

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Happy Fourth of July! We are so excited to celebrate American independence with our American Ethanol Salutes activation at Daytona this weekend, where we'll be hosting a group of U.S. Armed Forces veteran who are currently employed at Growth Energy member companies to honor them at the Coke Zero Sugar 400. This is the second year in a row we are hosting a group of vets at the track, and we are thrilled that event has become a part of the American Ethanol program. Be sure to keep an eye on the American Ethanol social media channels this weekend for coverage of the race. We’ll also be releasing bonus content from the event over the coming weeks and months.  

For more details, contact Manager of Communications Austin Dabney

 

AT THE PLANTS

Reminder: All Member Call 

Growth Energy is holding an all-member call on Monday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. CDT). We encourage you to join us for this update from Growth Energy's senior leadership. Add this to your calendar. Dial-in and slide webcast information can be found below. 

At 11 a.m. EDT / 10 a.m. CDT, enter join.me/growthenergy in your web browser to view slides and follow along with the presentation. 
Dial-in Number: 866-951-1151

Passcode: 2502678#

Slides: join.me/growthenergy

Member of the Week: Golden Grain Energy 

 
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For our member spotlight this week, we are pleased to highlight our member, Golden Grain Energy

 

Name of company and city/state in which you're located:

 Golden Grain Energy, Mason City, Iowa

 

Golden Grain Energy Team: 
  • Operations Manager: Chad Kuhlers
  • Commodities Manager: Curt Strong
  • Plant Controller: Christy Marchand 

 

How long has the company been in operation?

Since 2002/production since 2004

 

Do you make any ethanol co-products?

Distillers grains, distiller oil, and syrup.

 

How long have you been a GE member?

We have been supportive of Growth Energy for more than five years

 

What do you consider some of your company's main accomplishments?

As our mission states, our main accomplishment has been to add value to the agriculture of the area while providing economic growth to our investor partners and the area we serve.

 

What is your website?

www.ggecorn.com

 

What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?

Our membership dollars are visibly put to work through past initiatives such as NASCAR and Prime the Pump.

 

Any other fun facts?

We were the first single facility farmer owned plant to produce 1 billion gallons. 

For more details, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning.

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